So I finally finished the hat to go with the scarf I posted last week
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And four questions:
1. Even though I'm a reasonably experienced knitter (although not very much so, as will become evident from this question), I really don't know how to weave in ends. On seamed garments, I usually just run them into the seam up and down. On other things, I weave it in mimicking the stitches -- over and under like the yarn of the stitches went. Of course, that becomes pretty obvious. Is that the right way to do it? Does anyone have a better, less conspicuous way, preferably illustrated somewhere?
2. I can do cables and lace without a problem, and figured out intarsia, but I am scared of Fair Isle. I tried knitting a Fair Isle scarf for my friend, and it worked ok in the middle, but edge stitches were terribly loose. I noticed that alot of Fair Isle garments are knit in the round, and I do have a bit of an easier time doing that. So is Fair Isle just meant to be worked in the round? CAN it be done flat, without looping the yarn all the way back around?
3. Also, my tension on Fair Isle is pretty terrible. Is that just something that comes with practice?
4. Finally, to practice Fair Isle, I got yarn and these socks
. All was going great down the leg -- I even figured out the two-handed stranding method, but when I got past turning the heel into the foot, I tried it on and it wouldn't go over my heel because the short-row heel is not as tall and so doesn't go over my foot as well. I was making the smaller size, because I don't want these to be floppy around my ankles -- again, no elasticity. How do I fix this problem? Can I increase in the 2-3 round before the heel, knit a larger heel, and then decrease a bit more for the foot? Should I just knit the larger size? I'm wary of knitting a standard heel flap because it would affect the striping of the yarn.